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  • Locations: La Fortuna, Costa Rica; La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica; Monte Verde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 03/02/2019 TBA TBA
Summer 2020 03/02/2020 03/09/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Physical Requirement: Carrying Own Luggage: Yes Physical Requirement: Walking Distances: 2-3 miles daily, 3-5 miles daily, 5-7 miles daily, Approximately 1 mile daily
Physical Requirement: Mounting staircases: Yes Communication Requirement: Communicating issues & concerns to group coordinators: Yes
Communication Requirement: Addressing others with respect: Yes Adaptation Requirements: Sharing lodging accomodations: Yes
Adaptation: Adhering to rules and safety guidelines: Yes Adaptation: Attending all programmed activities (varying hours): Yes
Adaptation: Respectfully adapting to new food/meal traditions: Yes Adaptation: Treating local behavioral/social norms with respect: Yes
Adaptation: Adapting to group travel (limited independence & alone time): Yes Independence Requirements: Travelling to/from US independently, as necessary: Yes
Independence: Navigating through a foreign city unaided: Yes Independence: Using public transportation resources: Yes
Independence: Taking care of own health needs: Yes Independence: Locating and/or preparing own meals: Yes
Program Description:
Topics in Field Biology 3 crCosta Rica
Prereq: BIOS 101, 102; or consent of instructor. 

A field-oriented course including topics such as ecology of major biomes, geographical and geological impact on organisms, aspects of plant/animal systematics. The course will focus on selected areas of interest in field biology. Field trips. Special fees required.

A study tour to Costa Rica is part of the program at the end of the semester.  Visit the Selva Field Station, the Arenal Volcano Observatory and the Monte Verde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Approximately $2500 for the study tour.  Study abroad grants are available.

Student Requirements
Carrying own luggage
Sharing lodging accommodations
Adapting to the demands of group travel (limited independence & "alone time")
Walking more than 10 mile(s)
Respectfully adapting to new foods and meal traditions.
Mounting staircases
Respectfully adapting to local behavioral/social practices (i.e. dress)
Navigating through a foreign city independently
Taking care of own health/medical needs
Adhering to rules and safety guidelines.
Communicating issues and concerns to coordinators
Attending programmed activities at varying hours throughout the day.
Addressing others with respect and dignity.
Other Program Expectations: Equanimity in the presence of wild animals